It’s an oh-so-sweet spot where Isle of Wight newcomers Coach Party sit, their exuberant sounds half festival-ready indie rock made for outdoor stages on summer afternoons, half throwback ‘90s alt rock with adrenaline-fuelled riffs and melodramatically angsty lyrics. Six-track EP ‘After Party’ runs the gamut here, from the unabashedly emo (and self-explanatory) ‘i’m sad’ to explosive closer - and ultimate standout - ‘Sweetheart’. Vocalist Jess Eastwood’s delivery sits somewhere in the realm of Courtney Barnett’s lackadaisical style, or the attitude of Beabadoobee at her most take-no-shit, and there’s more than a smidge of early Wolf Alice in the call-and-response backing vocals of opener ‘Can’t Talk, Won’t’. With a knack for a chorus (‘Really OK On My Own’), and hooks aplenty (‘Crying Makes Me Tired’), Coach Party really should be on your (fingers crossed) festival must-see list this summer.
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